Kathie Lee Gifford Biography (1953-)

Original name, Kathryn Lee Epstein; born August 16, 1953, in Paris, France; daughter of Aaron (a naval officer and a musician) and Joan (a singer; maidenname, Cuttell) Epstein; married Paul Johnson (a gospel composer), April 23, 1976 (divorced, 1981; one source says 1979); married Frank Gifford (a sportscaster) October 16, 1986; children: (second marriage) Cody Newton, Cassidy Erin. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., BeverlyHills, CA 90212.; Office: 7 Lincoln Square, Fifth floor, New York, NY 10023.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Television personality, actress, singer
Birth Details
August 16, 1953
Paris, France

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Featured singer, I Believe in Miracles, CBS, 1975-1976
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Nurse Callahan, Days of Our Lives (also known as DOOL and Days), NBC, 1977
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Featured singer, Name That Tune (also known as The $100,000 Name That Tune), syndicated, 1977
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Kathie Honey, The Hee Haw Honeys, syndicated, 1978-1979
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Special correspondent and substitute anchor, Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC, 1982-1985
  • (Billed as Kathie Lee Johnson until 1986) Cohost, The Morning Show, ABC and syndicated, 1985-1988
  • (With Regis Philbin) Host, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, syndicated, 1988-2000
  • Voice of Echidna, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998
  • Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998
  • Movies
  • Deirdre Adams, Model Behavior, 2000
  • Amanda Berkeley, Spinning Out of Control, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Cameo, "First Impressions," Summer Stories: The Mall, 1992
  • Specials
  • The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard, ABC, 1984
  • The Guinness Book of World Records, ABC, 1985
  • Placido Domingo Special: Eight Women I Love, ABC, 1985
  • The 1987 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1987
  • Calgary '88: The Olympic Adventure Begins, ABC, 1988
  • (With others) Host, 1988 Winter Olympic Games, ABC, 1988
  • (With Regis Philbin) Host, Regis & Kathie Lee: Special Edition, 1988
  • The 56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade, 1989
  • Walt Disney World's 4th of July Spectacular, syndicated, 1990
  • Victory and Valor: A Special Olympics All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1991
  • Tube Test Two, ABC, 1991
  • The Dream Is Alive: The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World, CBS, 1991
  • Children's Miracle Network Telethon, syndicated, 1991
  • Host and song performer, The 1991 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1991
  • Host and song performer, The 1992 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1992
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards, 1992
  • This Is Your Life, NBC, 1993
  • Scott Ross Street Talk, The Family Channel, 1993
  • A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World, ABC, 1993
  • The 2nd Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, 1993
  • Host and song performer, Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • The Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1993
  • A Phyllis George Special, TNN, 1994
  • Holiday at Pops, PBS, 1994
  • "Beauty Pageants: Bright Lights, Big Business," A&E Stage, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Host and song performer, The Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1994
  • Host and song performer, Kathie Lee ... Looking for Christmas, CBS, 1994
  • Herself, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!, ABC, 1994
  • National anthem singer, Super Bowl XXIX, ABC, 1995
  • The N.F.L. at 75: An All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1995
  • Host, Variety Children's Charity Telethon, 1995
  • Host, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee--Mom's Dream Come True Special, syndicated, 1995
  • Host and song performer, Glenn Miller's Greatest Hits, PBS, 1995
  • Host, 1995 Miss America Pageant (also known as The 75th AnnualMiss America Pageant), NBC, 1995
  • Host and song performer, Kathie Lee: Home for Christmas, CBS, 1995
  • Disney's 101 Dalmatians ... a Canine's Tale, ABC, 1996
  • Host, Miracle Babies, CBS, 1996
  • Host and song performer, Kathie Lee Gifford's Lullabies for Little Ones, CBS, 1996
  • Host, Glenn Miller's Greatest Hits II, PBS, 1996
  • Sandi Patty: O Holy Night!, 1996
  • Herself and song performer, Kathie Lee: Just in Time for Christmas, CBS, 1996
  • The Funniest of the World's Funniest Outtakes, Fox, 1997
  • Barbara Walters Presents the Ten Most Fascinating People of 1997,ABC, 1997
  • Host, Plugged In: A Parent's Guide to TV, 1997
  • Host and song performer, Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas, CBS, 1997, Daytime Emmy Awards, 2001
  • Episodic
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Guest host, Hee Haw, syndicated, 1978
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Guest host, A.M. Los Angeles, 1981
  • Mother's Day, Lifetime, 1988
  • Stephanie, Evening Shade, CBS, 1993
  • Herself, "The Opposite," Seinfeld, NBC, 1994
  • Herself, Madman of the People, NBC, 1994
  • Herself, "Big Brother Is Watching," The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1995
  • Herself, "The Day I Met Frank Gifford," Coach, ABC, 1995
  • Herself, "Dear Diary," Women of the House, CBS, 1995
  • Jolene, "Birthmarks," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995
  • Herself, Second Noah, ABC, 1996
  • Herself, "I, Stank Hole in One," The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, 1996
  • Herself, "Kathie Lee Gifford: Having It All," Biography, Arts andEntertainment, 1996
  • Herself, "Diving In," Second Noah, ABC, 1997
  • Herself, "Radio Daze," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC,1997
  • Herself, "It's Jan!" The Tom Show, 1997
  • Voice of Jill, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1997
  • Herself, "Caroline and the Sandwich," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1997
  • Mary Montgomery, "Talked to Death," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998
  • Herself, "A Recipe for Disaster," Style and Substance, CBS, 1998
  • Herself, "Treehouse of Horror IX," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1998
  • Herself, "Pearce on Conan," LateLine, 1999
  • Herself, "New York," The Famous Jett Jackson, The Disney Channel,1999
  • Herself, "Regis Philbin: Made for TV," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Wendy, "Monica's Bad Day," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Guest host, Larry King Live, CNN, 2000
  • Princess Whiff, The Amanda Show, Nickelodeon, 2001
  • Allison Spencer, "Sugar Mama," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 2001
  • Vanessa, "Christening," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2001
  • Voice of the "other woman," "The Sweetest Apu," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2002
  • Also appeared in an episode of The 700 Club, syndicated.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, syndicated, 1999-2000
  • Specials
  • (With others) Producer, Kathie Lee ... Looking for Christmas, CBS,1994
  • Executive producer, Kathie Lee: Home for Christmas, CBS, 1995
  • Executive producer, Kathie Lee: Just in Time for Christmas, CBS, 1996
  • Executive producer, Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas, CBS, 1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Herself, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996
  • Herself, Dudley Do-Right, Universal, 1999
  • Also appeared in Jana.
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Wife (fill in), Putting It Together, off-Broadway production,1999
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) The Quiet Riot, Petra, 1976
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson; with Michele Epstein) Kathie and Michie ... Friends, Petra, 1977
  • (As Kathie Lee Johnson) Finders Keepers, Petra, 1978
  • Sentimental, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Sentimental Journey, 1993
  • It's Christmas Time, 1993
  • Born For You, 2000
  • Heart of a Woman, 2000
  • Also recorded Goodnight Angel; Party Animals.
  • Videos
  • Kathie Lee's Feel Fit and Fabulous Workout, 1994
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood, ABC, 1993
  • (With others) Kathie Lee ... Looking for Christmas, CBS, 1994
  • Kathie Lee: Just in Time for Christmas, CBS, 1996
  • Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas, CBS, 1997
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Jim Jerome) I Can't Believe I Said That!: An Autobiography,Pocket (New York City), 1992
  • (With Regis Philbin) Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee, Hyperion (New York City), 1993
  • (With Regis Philbin and Barbara Albright) Entertaining with Regis andKathie Lee: Year-Round Holiday Recipes, Entertaining Tips, and Party Ideas, Hyperion, 1995
  • (With Cody Gifford) Listen to My Heart: Lessons in Love, Laughter, andLunacy, illustrated by Sandra Forrest, Hyperion, 1995
  • Fiction
  • A Family Christmas: A Treasury of Holiday Stories, Poems, Songs and Activities for Little Ones (also known as Christmas with Kathie Lee: A Treasury of Holiday Stories, Poems, Songs and Activities for Little Ones),illustrated by Teri Weidner, Disney Press (New York City), 1997
  • Fiction for Children
  • Creator with Paul Taublieb and Susan Cooper
  • Moochie's Surprise, Random House (New York City), 1997
  • Giff the Scaredy Bear, Random House, 1997
  • Giff's Big Game, Random House, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • King, Norman, Regis and Kathie Lee: Their Lives Together and Apart, Carol Publishing Group (Secaucus, NJ), 1995
    • Newsmakers 1992, Issue Cumulation, Gale Research, 1992
    Periodicals
    • Bobbin, October, 1996, pp. 82-83
    • Christian Century, October 9, 1996, pp. 932-936
    • Good Housekeeping, August, 1997, pp. 86-89
    • New Republic, June 9, 1997, pp. 11-12
    • People Weekly, December 30, 1996, p. 73; June 2, 1997, pp. 106-112; June 16, 1997, p. 43; December 29, 1997, pp. 60-61
    • Reason, December, 1996, p. 74
    • Time, May 26, 1997, p. 123
    • WWD, May 7, 1997, pp. 1-2; May 30, 1997, p. 4; December 8, 1997, p. 23
    Electronic
    • Kathie Lee Gifford Official Site, http://www.kathieleegifford.com,May 24, 2002

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